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6 More New Orleans Cops Indicted in Post-Katrina Shootings

new orleans police badgeBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

The Justice Department Tuesday plucked more skeletons from the closet of the New Orleans Police Department, indicting six additional officers in the fatal shooting of two unarmed citizens and the wounding of four others in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The indictment is part of the Justice Department’s ongoing effort to expose police officers who either were involved in the Sept. 4, 2005, Danziger Bridge shootings or took part in covering them up. To date, five New Orleans officers have pleaded guilty to covering up the incident.

“Today’s indictment should serve as compelling evidence of our unswerving and unconditional commitment to … achieve true justice for any victims of the charged killings, shootings and abuse on the Danziger Bridge, and the alleged corrupt cover-up that followed,” U.S. Attorney Jim Letten of New Orleans said in a statement.

The indictment further aims “to restore the trust in the men and women of law enforcement who do serve the people and honor the badge; and to make certain that no one should ever have to fear those whose job it is to protect them,” he said.

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Column: Did Russian Spies Fool FBI?

Jeff Stein
Jeff Stein

By Jeff Stein
Spy Talk

WASHINGTON — Two longtime veterans of the intelligence wars between Russia and the West say it’s inconceivable that the spies deported to Moscow Friday didn’t detect FBI surveillance years ago.

And that, they say, could explain why the FBI never produced evidence in court that the “illegals” had obtained any classified information: They stopped spying as soon as they discovered they were being watched — but stayed just busy enough to distract the FBI, potentially, from more important operations.

“If you’re under surveillance, you don’t do anything — you’re burnt,” said Victor Ostrovsky, a prominent former Mossad operative who said the lsraelis taught trainees about surveillance by studying real Russian spies at work. “You might as well pack yourself up slowly and go home.”

An American counterintelligence veteran said: “It does boggle the mind that they never allegedly picked up on any of the watchers nor learned of any of the technical ops run against them. It really is amazing.”

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Blago Defense Complains Prosecutors Finishing Case Too Soon: “A Fair Trial is Destroyed”

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By Allan Lengel

Sometimes judges complain to federal prosecutors that their case is dragging on too long. But in Chicago, in U.S. District Court, there’s a bit of different twist.

The defense for ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich is complaining that prosecutors are moving far too quickly in trial and will finish presenting their case this week, far ahead of schedule.

The defense is now scrambling, trying to get a hold of witnesses they thought they wouldn’t need until August, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

“A fair trial is destroyed,” Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam Sr. told reporters outside the courtroom Monday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “We told our witnesses we’d be in touch late August. All of a sudden, the government cuts their case short . . . They misled us. They misled the court.”

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“Die Hard” Director John McTiernan Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI

die-hard-posterBy Allan Lengel

Rogue Los Angeles private detective Anthony Pellicano, who wiretapped the rich and famous, and is now in prison, is still touching the lives of some in a bad way.

The latest sign of that came Monday when “Die Hard” director John McTiernan pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about paying Pellicano $50,000 in 2000 to wiretap the telephone of a Hollywood producer Charles Roven, Bloomberg news reported.

Bloomberg reported that prosecutors filed a plea agreement in Los Angeles U.S. District Court. The agreement indicated that prosecutors won’t ask for more than a year in prison.

McTiernan, 59, originally pleaded guilty to the charges in 2006, but was later allowed to withdraw because he hadn’t gotten a hearing to try and suppress evidence, Bloomberg reported.

Pellicano, 66, got 15 years in prison for illegally spying on people. Pellicano is currently being housed in a low-security prison in southeastern Arizona. His release date is Feb. 28, 2019, according to the The Bureau of Prisons.

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